Week number 8 of the NCAA football season was a virtual potpourri of upsets and
The SEC East was hit particularly hard with losses by Georgia (to Vanderbilt) and South Carolina (to Tennessee). In the meantime, Missouri has proven once and for all they are for real with a sound beating of the Florida Gators.
Things were no better in the SEC West where Texas A&M dropped a shootout with Auburn (this week’s GAME OF THE WEEK) and LSU was also upset. The nation’s number one team, Alabama easily rolled to a triumph over Arkansas.
This begs the question, are we ready for a Tigers versus Tide SEC Championship game? If so, are we prepared for a 30 point “Bama” victory?
The most hyped game of the week was a dismal disappointment, so let’s start our recaps there.
Florida State 51, Clemson 14
This was billed as the ACC game of the year and perhaps one of the conferences biggest ever.So exactly what went wrong for (3) Clemson in front of over 80,000 Tiger fans Saturday night in their 51-14 loss to (5) Florida State?
You can start with a red shirt freshman QB wearing jersey number 5, Jameis Winston, who threw for 444 yards and 3
touchdowns. WR Rashad Greene (#80) was on the receiving end of 2 of the TD’S as part of his 146 yards including a 72 yard sprint to the end zone in the 2nd quarter.
You knew it was going to be a long day for Clemson QB Tajh Boyd (jersey #10) when his first quarter fumble resulted in a 37
yard touchdown by the Seminoles Mario Edwards after he picked up the ball. Boyd’s stat line besides the fumble read 17/37, 156 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT.
Tennessee 23, South Carolina 21
Volunteer fans were treated to one of the most exciting games of the day when Tennessee came back to win a thriller 23-21 over (11) South Carolina in Knoxville Saturday afternoon.
Michael Palardy lived up to his number 1 jersey number by splitting the uprights on a 19 yard field goal as the game clock expired.
Palardy’s heroics were set up by an unbelievable one handed catch by the Vols WR Marquez North (#8) good for 39
yards to keep the game’s final drive alive.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Auburn 45, Texas A&M 41
The shootout at the OK Corral had nothing on the one that occurred in College Station, Texas Saturday afternoon. Nick
Marshall, wearing jersey number 14 was the main gunslinger for (24) Auburn as they beat (and battered) Johnny Manziel (#2) and (7) Texas A&M 45-41.
To put the victory in perspective, the Tigers did not win a single game in the SEC last season and lost to the Aggies
63-21 a year ago.
QB Marshall had a pair of touchdowns through the air and personally ran in another 2 in this back and forth battle
that ended with RB Tre Mason (#21) running the ball in from 5 yards out with 1:19 remaining in the game.
Manziel was his normal dynamic self, passing for 4 TD’s of his own and compiling 454 yards via the air. He also had a
rushing touchdown, but appeared to hurt his right shoulder in the 4th quarter and continually seemed to be favoring it the remainder of the contest.
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Week 6 of the NCAA football season found some Heisman Trophy hopefuls ramping up their performances in quest of the coveted crown.
Clemson QB Tajh Boyd and his counterpart wearing jersey number 5 for Florida State, Jameis Winston, both led their teams
to victories versus ACC opponents. In two weeks they will be across the field from one and other in a “Mano a Mano” Heisman matchup.
Two SEC QB’s also made good showings, with Alabama’s A.J. McCarron getting back on track and Georgia’s Aaron Murray leading the Bulldogs to victory.
Oregon’s QB Marcus Mariota did nothing to lose any votes in the Heisman race while Ohio States Braxton Miller did drop a
notch in spite of the Buckeyes come from behind win against Northwestern in the Big 10 game of the week.
Stanford 31, Washington 28
In a matchup of unbeaten Pac-12 teams all you needed to do was keep an eye on “Lucky 7” jersey wearer Ty Montgomery. The junior wide receiver had 290 all-purpose yards (204 on kick returns) and 2 touchdowns to lead the (5) Stanford Cardinals to a 31-28 victory over (15) Washington. One of his scores came on a 99 yard return of the game’s opening kickoff.
Overall the Huskies outgained the Cards 489 yards to 284, but could not contain Montgomery. Washington also had 30 first
downs to Stanford’s 14.
Ohio State 40, Northwestern 30
This was one of the more highly anticipated encounters of the Big 10 schedule. Could the (16) Wildcats with all-purpose QB
Kain Colter (#2) halt the (4) Buckeyes 17 game win streak?
Ultimately the answer was no, although Northwestern did lead 23-20 to begin the 4th quarter. The Wildcats
also led 30 -27 at the 9:10 mark of the final frame, but 30 would be their final tally while Ohio State scored 13 more points to win it 40-30.
Colter did his part, even catching a pass from his QB counterpart Trevor Siemian (unlucky #13 ?) for a touchdown and
running in for another from 2 yards out.
Buckeyes QB, Braxton Miller did not play well, throwing for only 203 yards and not a single TD. RB Carlos Hyde provided most of the offense with 168 yards on the ground and 3 touchdowns.
Unfortunately with all the progress Northwestern has made with their football program they have still not learned how to close teams out, especially good ones like Ohio State.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Georgia 34, Tennessee 31
This turned out to be the week’s most exciting affair, even with Tennessee entering play at 0-1 in the SEC and Georgia
boasting a 2-0 mark in the conference.
Bulldogs QB, Aaron Murray ( lucky #11 ?) became the Southeastern Conference career leader in passing yards while leading Georgia to a 34-31 overtime victory over the Volunteers.
Murray threw a touchdown pass with just 5 ticks remaining on the game clock to force the OT.
Kicker Marshall Morgan finished things off with a 42 yard field goal in the extra session.
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